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Star See If You Qualify - Are you morbidly obese?

Weight loss surgery can be an extremely effective weight loss tool, but it isn't for everyone.

Get Your BMI Score

There are many factors that affect your ability to qualify for bariatric surgery. One of the most important is your body mass index (BMI), which is a weight to height comparison.

Are You Morbidly Obese?

Knowing if you are morbidly obese may give you the courage you need to take the first step. Fortunately, it is quick and easy to estimate, based on your weight, height, and gender.

If you haven't done so already, click on the handy "Get Your BMI Score" button above to find out your own BMI score. It is quick and easy and important to know.

Which BMI Group Are You In?

Once you know your BMI, use the table below to find out if which Weight Group you are in. That will be a good indication of whether or not you are morbidly obese and eligible for weight loss surgery.

If your BMI Score is: the Weight Group you are is:
18.0 to 24.9    Ideal Weight
25.0 to 29.9    Over Weight
30.0 to 34.0    Moderate Obesity (Class I)
35.0 to 39.9    Severe Obesity (Class II)
40.0 to 49.9    Morbid Obesity (Class III)
50 +++    Super Obesity

Are You Eligible for Weight Loss Surgery?

For some people, bariatric surgery is the best option, if the risks and benefits are carefully considered. According to the guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgery may be right for you if:

  • You have a BMI greater than 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with comorbidities (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.).
  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You have an obesity-related condition (also known as a comorbid condition), such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You’ve been unable to lose weight and keep it off through traditional methods like diet and exercise.
  • You’re ready to commit to a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • You don’t have medical conditions that could cause serious complications during or after surgery.
  • You understand the risks and benefits involved with bariatric surgery.

Meeting the physical requirements for weight loss surgery is only the beginning. The next step is to the attend a free informational seminar where you will learn about surgical options for weight loss, meet our bariatric team who will support you before and long after your surgery, and hear from patients who have had weight loss surgery. There’s no pressure to make a commitment—and no better way to get the answers you’re looking for. Of course, family and friends are welcome, too.

To find out more about our free informational seminars, just click here.

Want to talk it over? We’re ready to help. Call us at 1-815-717-8744 if you have questions or concerns or need help registering for or attending the next seminar.

"Bariatric surgery is the only
proven method of achieving
weight control in the morbidly

         Dr. Christopher Joyce

Walk in the shoes of a morbidly
obese person for one day and
you will understand their